Effective leaders know that their organizations will realize substantial benefits by building strong teams to reach their objectives and strategic goals. Bringing people together on the same page is highly effective because people can accomplish more collectively than individually.
Every participant brings a unique skillset to the team. Some may be highly creative at coming up with new ideas, others may excel at details, and some have the ability to move the group’s ideas forward and follow through to completion. It’s rare to find one person who has all of these skills. By working together and combining what everyone brings to the table, the group’s goals will be realized much faster.
Teamwork also builds camaraderie and encourages open communication. When every member is focused on a single outcome, strong relationships and trust are built, one of the most important aspects of teamwork, if not the most. Every team member must have complete trust in fellow participants as well as faith in others’ desire to work in the best interests of the team and company.
When building a strong team, leaders should look at each member’s strengths and abilities to determine whether the group can gel. When there’s a good fit, teams combine their strengths to achieve the group’s overall goals. Leaders should also nurture team growth and development to ensure everyone contributes in a positive way.
To build strong teams, develop a team culture that includes:
• Defined expectations, clear goals, objectives, and shared vision.
• An established timeline with individual and team accountability.
• A clearly articulated purpose for the team’s existence.
• Team members’ complete acknowledgement of the roles they play.
• Well-defined processes/procedures on how work will be done.
• Team access to all available resources required to reach the goal.
• A diverse team composed of members with complementary skills.
• Individual and group commitment to the work to be performed.
• The shared knowledge that each team member is valued and will be rewarded for hard work and effort.
• Clear, honest, and open communication among all team members.
• Rules of conduct, including steps to resolve emerging conflicts.
As companies struggle to become more innovative, teams will become more important. Bringing together people with multiple skills and competencies leads to innovative products, services, and strategies.
According to a Deloitte University Survey, leadership remains the #1 talent issue facing organizations around the world, with 86% of respondents rating it urgent or important. Only 13% of respondents say they do an excellent job developing leaders at all levels.
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Originally published on December 30, 2016 by SpeakerMatch Speakers Bureau